Americo Mariota, a teacher from Miami, Florida, was a contestant on season 3 of the U.S. version of the show on October 4, 2001. He walked away with $125,000.


Fastest Finger QuestionEdit

Fastest Finger Question
Put these movies in order of their theatrical debut, starting with the earliest.
• A: The Price of Tides • B: The Princess Diaries
• C: The Princess Bride • D: The Prince of Egypt
From the 10 contestants, only Americo (with a time of 8.03 seconds) correctly answered C-A-D-B, making it into the Hot Seat.

Americo's Run to the MillionEdit

$100 (1 of 15) - Not Timed
A task that has been forgotten is said to have "fallen through the" what?
• A: Cracks • B: Slats
• C: Walls • D: Sofa cushions
$200 (2 of 15) - Not Timed
"Boob tube" is slang for what?
• A: Movies • B: Subway
• C: Television • D: "Baywatch" marathon
$300 (3 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of these items is considered to be a toiletry?
• A: Bathtub • B: Toothpaste
• C: Paper clip • D: Reader's digest
$500 (4 of 15) - Not Timed
Rotating a kaleidoscope allows the viewer to see different what?
• A: Constellations • B: Photographs
• C: Patterns • D: Distances
$1,000 (5 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of these words' vowels appear in perfect alphabetical order?
• A: Facetious • B: Cauterization
• C: Abnegation • D: Pasteurization
$2,000 (6 of 15) - Not Timed
What does a male moose shed once a year?
• A: Tail • B: Hooves
• C: Teeth • D: Antlers
$4,000 (7 of 15) - Not Timed
In 1912, the Titanic sank in what body of water?
• A: Mediterranean Sea • B: Pacific Ocean
• C: Atlantic Ocean • D: Gulf of Mexico
$8,000 (8 of 15) - Not Timed
The logo for the board game Candy Land consists of letters formed by what candy?
• A: Chocolate bar • B: Candy cane
• C: Licorice stick • D: Lollipop
$16,000 (9 of 15) - Not Timed
In 2000, a 48-foot stretch of what road was brought to the Smithsonian National Museum of American History?
'Ask the Audience' lifeline used
• A: Rodeo Drive • B: Pennsylvania Avenue
• C: Pacific Coast Highway • D: Route 66
Ask the Audience Results: A: 7% • B: 9% • C: 6% • D: 78%
$32,000 (10 of 15) - Not Timed
In the 1993 movie "Sleepless in Seattle," how does Annie first find out about the widowed Sam?
'50:50' and 'Phone a Friend' lifelines used
• A: Magazine article • B: Evening news
• C: Radio talk show • D: Newspaper ad
Americo saw the movie once, but could not remember that fact, so he decided to use his 50:50, eliminating A and D. Still unsure, he decided to call his brother-in-law Tom, who was 90% sure it was on a Radio talk show. He decided to go with him and won $32,000.
$64,000 (11 of 15) - Not Timed
The Rastafarian religion recognizes what African leader as a god?
• A: Haile Selassie I • B: Gamal Nasser
• C: Jomo Kenyatta • D: Shaka Zulu
$125,000 (12 of 15) - Not Timed
During what epoch of the Cenozoic era did modern Homo sapiens appear?
• A: Paleocene • B: Oligocene
• C: Miocene • D: Pleistocene
$250,000 (13 of 15) - Not Timed
In 18th and 19th century Japan, it was customary for women to dye their teeth what color?
• A: Red • B: Black
• C: Green • D: Yellow
Americo did not know, so he decided to walk away with $125,000. The correct answer was B: Black.


Preceded by
Carlo Espinas
U.S. Contestant (Season 3)
Americo Mariota
Succeeded by
Scott McKeeve

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